Magicicada cassinii (Fisher 1851)

M. cassini

Usually smaller than M. septendecim. No orange coloration in front of the wing insertion behind the eye. Abdomen entirely black except in some locations where individuals may have weak ventral yellow-orange marks; if present, these tend to be faded and rarely form complete stripes. Sometimes such individuals may be difficult to distinguish from M. septendecula if the calling song is not available. Calling song phrases consist of a series of ticks followed by a shrill buzz. Males of M. cassini and its close 13-year relative M. tredecassini sometimes synchronize their calls and flights all at once, a display that has been likened to a “giant game of musical chairs”. Scale is 1 cm long.

Magicicada cassinii chorus:

Magicicada cassinii songs:

M cassini calling song

Courtship I/Calling song

M. cassini Courtship II song

Courtship II song

M. cassini Courtship III song

Courtship III song

Approximate range

M. cassini range.
Range based on verified records in database as of February 2017.


Marlatt, C. L. 1923. The Periodical Cicada. United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology Bulletin 71:1-183.